Have you considered regularly contributing to a charity or helping those less fortunate? We chat with CEO of Life Changing Experiences Foundation Jessica Brown to find out how you can make a difference.
CHOOSING YOUR CHARITY
The size of a charitable organisation does not indicate its efficiency or its ability to deliver relevant and effective support to those in need. Some key questions you can ask to decide what you would like to support are:
- Would I like to help a charity which relies on donations or is government funded?
- Does the charity do work that I believe is important to the community?
- Can I be passionate about the cause so I can involve my family, friends and work colleagues in my fundraising efforts?
- Is the money I donate being transparently used for the people who need it?
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Most charitable organisations would not survive without the incredible support of our volunteers who work tirelessly to make a phenomenal difference within the Australian community.
Every dollar enables charities around the world to stay in operation. For example, every donation to Life Changing Experiences helps keep the SISTER2sister Program (which matches successful women in the community as Big Sister mentors with troubled teen girls) so more girls can benefit and develop their self esteem through the one-on-one mentoring and the workshops scheduled within the program.
There are many ways you can make a difference. Every contribution, no matter how small, helps. It all comes down to having a lot of people doing a little. Think about it… if one million people each gave just one dollar our organisation would have enough funds to support over 100 at risk teenage girls.
Fundraising can be as simple as holding a raffle at a work dinner event. You need to source a couple of appealing prizes suitable for both male and females, which you can raffle at the event.
If you have a large network of contacts that you can tap into, hold a movie night. Simply negotiate a cheaper ticket price and snack deal with the cinema and add $10 onto the cost. With 200 people attending that’s $2000 for minimal work.
Piggy back on another event you may already participate in like Tupperware parties. It is possible to arrange with Tupperware presenters to provide products as freebies for donations; get guests to donate a gold coin to attend the party and toward the catering you provide.
When businesses or people donate prizes, ensure there is a process for acknowledgement by a short thank you speech, handing out brochures, displaying banners, printing logos on materials or adding logos to a slide show.
Where possible and dependant on event size, local papers are interested in knowing what members in the community are doing. You can get free publicity for your event and sell to a bigger crowd by just making contact with your local paper to let them know what is happening.
Behind the Scenes:
Charities are generally resource poor. Time and skills are essential resources to charities. If you have time on your hands and skills particularly in the area of sales, being an active board member, administration, bookkeeping, graphic design, and more, charities would love to have you involved. As a volunteer with professional skills, you could contribute whatever number of hours you have available, to deal with the various projects and events that charities are engaged in to source income.